Thursday, April 21, 2016

1) Indonesia’s commitment to MSG principles questioned

2) Gov`t to Focus on Electricity Infrastructure Development in Papua

3) Indonesia: Authorities attack prayer gathering 


1) Indonesia’s commitment to MSG principles questioned

5:07 pm today

The opposition People First party in Solomon Islands is calling for a review of Indonesia’s membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

                                    Melanesian Spearhead Group flags flown in Noumea. Photo: RNZI

The call follows an admission by the head of Indonesia's police that a terrorism suspect was kicked to death while in police custody.
Indonesia was made an associate member of the regional body last year making them the official representative of West Papua.
People First MP Derrick Manuari said the admission by Indonesian police gave credibility to reports of police brutality in West Papua.
"It's just one of many examples or many cases that warrants a review of Indonesia's membership in MSG and it's time that Indonesia's membership be reviewed to see if it still upholds the principles of the group or not and if it is not they should remove them totally."
Derrick Manuari said the MSG should call on the United Nations to investigate police brutality in West Papua.


FRIDAY, 22 APRIL, 2016 | 13:32 WIB
2) Gov`t to Focus on Electricity Infrastructure Development in Papua

TEMPO.COJakarta - Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said revealed that the government would focus on developing electricity infrastructures at villages in Papua and West Papua provinces in a bid to realize the Bright Indonesia Program (PIT).
“The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry will prioritize electricity infrastructure development in eastern Indonesia, including East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara, North Maluku, Papua and West papua,” Sudirman said during the launch of the Bright Indonesia Program in Maybrat regency on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
Sudirman added that most of the program budget would be distributed to Papua and West Papua.
“We have set a target to provide electricity infrastructures in Papua and West Papua within five years, so that people in rural areas can have electricity 24 hours a day,” Sudirman revealed.
West Papua deputy governor Irene Manibuy revealed that the majority of people living in West Papua rural areas had no access to electricity. Therefore, Irene said that the West Papua provincial administration positively welcomed the program initiated by the central government.
“We hope that the Bright Indonesia Program can be well-executed so that all regencies in West Papua can enjoy 24-hour electricity supplies,” Irene said.
3) Indonesia: Authorities attack prayer gathering  
Thursday, April 21, 2016

By Joseph DeCaro
(Worthy News) - Authorities in Indonesia opened fire on a peaceful meeting in Timika, West Papua, as thousands of protesters gathered to pray for an independence referendum on April 5.
According to Barnabas Aid, authorities had arrested 15 protesters, many of whom were also beaten. Other protests in West Papua resulted in additional arrests. The region is currently part of what is known as Melanesia: a sub-region of Oceania, which includes the countries of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea along with a number of other islands and atolls.
Barnabas Aid has supported a variety of projects in West Papua over the past few years. Most recently a grant was given to a local organization that recruits, trains and supports Christian teachers. This grant will hopefully help counter the increasing Islamization of West Papua's schools and ensure that Christianity retains its influence in the region.

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